PMCH History

Preventive Medicine and Community Health (PMCH) integrates the knowledge, skills, and values of the sciences that contribute to the prevention of disease and disability and the maintenance and restoration of health and function. We focus on the primary prevention of disease and disability through the promotion of healthy behaviors and environments. We emphasize secondary prevention, or limitation of disease progression, through effective screening and early intervention. We promote tertiary prevention, or prevention of disease sequelae, through effective treatment and rehabilitation to restore health and function.

Our departmental activities are unified by a population health perspective and a quantitative analytical approach. We investigate the interplay of individual biological and behavioral factors with aspects of the physical, social, and policy environments.  Research, practice, and training activities focus on health risks, determinants, outcomes, and interventions in both clinical and community settings and in specific occupational, patient, or demographic groups. Our interdisciplinary department includes faculty with expertise in biostatistics, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, biochemistry, public health, clinical science, and clinical preventive medicine.

The UTMB Department of Preventive Medicine was established in 1912. To reflect the expanding focus of the field, the department was renamed Preventive Medicine and Community Health in 1966. The department has a rich history of contributing to advances in preventive medicine and community health practice, education, and research throughout its nearly 100 years. PMCH is uniquely positioned to continue its contributions to the public’s health into the 21st century. 




James Person Simonds, MD 1912-1914
James Person Simonds, MD
Chair 1912-1914
Burdett Loomis Arms, MD 1914-1916
Burdett Loomis Arms, MD
Chair 1914-1916
Mark F. Boyd, MD 1917-1921
Mark F. Boyd, MD
Chair 1917-1921
William B. Sharp, MD 1921-1940
William B. Sharp, MD, PhD
Carl A. Nau, MD 1941-1961
Carl A. Nau, MD
Chair 1941-1961
Don W. Micks, MD 1966-1985
Don W. Micks, ScD
Chair 1961-1985
Harold Sandstead, MD 1985-1990
Harold Sandstead, MD
Chair 1985-1990
Billy Phillips, PhD
Billy Phillips, PhD, MPH
Chair 2007-2009
Harvey Bunce III, MD
Harvey Bunce, III, PhD
Chair 1991-2007 and 2009-2012
Laura Rudkin, PhD
Chair 2012 to present

Preventive Medicine

1912-1914 James Person Simonds
1914-1916 Burdett Loomis Arms

Bacteriology and Preventive Medicine

1917-1921 Mark F. Boyd
1921-1940 William B. Sharp

Preventive Medicine and Public Health

1940-1941 John W. Spies
1941-1961 Carl A. Nau
1961-1966 Don W. Micks

Preventive Medicine and Community Health

1966-1985    Don W. Micks
1985-1990    Harold Sandstead
1990-1991    John Bruhn
1991-2007    Harvey Bunce, III
2007-2009    Billy Philips, Jr.
2009 - 2012  Harvey Bunce, III 
2012-Present Laura Rudkin
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